The popular West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park will bring music lovers together in a natural park setting on select Saturdays this summer through Labor Day. The series will kick off on June 1 with the Cincinnati Brass Band.
“We’re always excited in West Chester to be able to offer two weekly free concerts for the community — West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park and The Takeover. So, we wanted to differentiate them. The concerts at Keehner Park are usually a wider range of music,” said Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for West Chester Twp.
She said the concerts at Keehner Park represent brass bands, symphonic bands, big bands, steel drum bands, classic rock and more. There’s something for everyone.
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The series will feature a mix of new acts like Britney’s Lipstick and Big Trouble Blues Band, along with several returning favorites. The concerts will begin on June 1 with the Cincinnati Brass Band, and wrap up on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, with the West Chester Symphony Orchestra.
“We are so fortunate in the community to have a place like Keehner Park with the beautiful amphitheater. It’s nestled into the woods a little bit; you can bring a chair or a blanket and sit on the lawn. It’s another great place to bring kids and there’s a playground nearby,” Wilson said.
With the exception of the Labor Day concert on Sept. 2, which starts at 6:30 p.m., all other concerts will begin at 7 p.m. at the Keehner Park Amphitheatre stage. The summer-long concert series will showcase favorites like Blue Stone Ivory, Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band, 122nd Army Band, P&G Big Band and more. The West Chester Symphony Orchestra will also perform twice this summer, including at a community ice cream social at the park on June 22.
Concertgoers at Keehner Park not only enjoy the music, but the surroundings. In addition to the amphitheatre, other amenities at the 120-acre park include picnic shelters, playgrounds, baseball fields, tennis courts and basketball courts. There are also wooded trails, which are great for walking and cross-country running.
“I’m not sure that our residents are all familiar with it, or have taken advantage of it, but I hope more come to realize that it’s there, and the concerts are another way we bring the park to life by offering these concerts, and bringing people into the park,” Wilson said.
Although there’s no alcohol served or food concessions available, guests can pack a picnic, spread a blanket, and bring games for their children to play.
HOW TO GO
What: West Chester Concert Series
Where: Keehner Park, Keehner Park Amphitheatre, 7211 Barret Road, West Chester
When: Select Saturdays, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
More info: www.WestChesterOH.org. Guests may bring chairs. Alcohol is not permitted.
2019 West Chester Concert Series at Keehner Park lineup
June 1: Cincinnati Brass Band
June 8: Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band
June 15: Arts Council Presents Bluegrass in the Park
June 22: West Chester Symphony — Ice Cream Social
June 29: 122nd Army Band
July 6: Miami University Steel Drum Band
July 13: P&G Big Band
July 20: Blue Stone Ivory
July 27: No concert – Shakespeare in the Park
Aug. 3: No concert
Aug. 10: Big Trouble Blues Band
Aug. 17: Britney’s Lipstick
Aug. 24: Ben Levin Piano
Aug. 31: No concert
Monday, Sept. 2: West Chester Symphony (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)
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